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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Jeremy Howard talks about the wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Tuesday Club Murders (aka The Thirteen Problems)

by Agatha Christie

This "appetizer plate" of linked stories marks the second appearance of amateur detective Miss Marple, following her debut in Murder at the Vicarage. In these bite-size mysteries from the late 1920s, Christie's famous spinster sleuth doesn't look or talk much like her various TV portrayers, although she shares their gift for cutting straight to the heart of a crime.

Members Only; Free

Classes
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 6:00pm

After Six: Chess for Adults

Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you!

Members $40
Public $50

Activities
Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Beatles and Their Songs: A Musical Revolution

With musicologist Dulais Rhys

Come celebrate the Beatles’ contribution to 20th century popular music with musicologist Dulais Rhys in this exciting lecture/slide show/sing-a-long event. Quiet screaming and banner waving encouraged!

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

Farewell My Lovely (1975)

March 2015: March Mysteries

A world-weary Philip Marlowe looks for an ex-con’s missing gal pal in 1941 L.A.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 09, 2015 - 12:00pm

The 13th Juror

by John Lescroart


The pressure is on for Dismas Hardy when an abused woman is accused of killing her husband and child in cold blood. Only Dismas believes she's innocent. However, faith alone won't be enough to save her unless Dismas takes one terrifying risk to keep her alive.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

One-on-one technology consultations

Reserve a half hour with our tech experts to get assistance with your technology questions.

Members Only - Free
Registration required (see description for info)

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Classes
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar is the premier source of unbiased information for thousands of mutual funds, and a respected source of information on stocks. Learn the three different ways of utilizing Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

An evening with author Laura A. Ackley

Historian Laura A. Ackley’s compelling text is unparalleled in its breadth of scope and richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and offering insight into its legacy today.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

March 2015: March Mysteries

A character study more than a whodunit, this underrated film boasts great acting, photography and score.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

1984

by George Orwell

1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

eBook Help — Axis 360

Learn about, and get started using, the library's new ebook service, Axis360.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

An evening with author Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

The fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption, by the former President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Night Moves (1975)

March 2015: March Mysteries

A low-rent L.A. detective tracks a missing teenager to the Florida Keys.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Classes
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage: Stock Reports, Industry Surveys & More!

Learn how to utilize Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage to get up-to-date and reliable answers to your tough business and investment questions.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Body Heat (1981)

March 2015: March Mysteries

A sexy socialite persuades a dim-bulb lawyer to murder her husband in this steamy, sweaty thriller.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:30am

2015 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

Free

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Brass Verdict

by Michael Connelly

In this fast-moving novel by "the best mystery writer in the world" (GQ), Connelly's two series heroes meet and grudgingly collaborate: LAPD detective Harry Bosch and LA criminal-defense lawyer Mickey Haller. The Brass Verdict is the sequel to narrator Haller's courtroom-drama debut in The Lincoln Lawyer (also a film starring Matthew McConaughey).

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First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Shawn Achor talks about the happy secret to better work.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Investment Information on the Web

Learn how to access free and authoritative investment information focused on publicly traded companies, covering stocks, mutual funds, and industry surveys.

Members Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

No one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece. It is a fiction about fiction-writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it. It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, and a wry demonstration of its limitations.

Members Free; Registration Required

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast

An evening with author Mark Anthony Wilson

Between 1909 and 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a total of 36 structures on 28 sites along the West Coast, from Southern California to Seattle. Other than the Main County Civic Center and the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, most of these buildings are not known to the general public. Architectural historian Mark A. Wilson covers these little known buildings and more in his new book Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

Japantown

by Barry Lancet

"San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father's Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security's caseload at home and abroad. One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighborhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood"--Dust jacket flap.

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Activities
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Before the PPIE – The Mechanics’ Institute and the Development of San Francisco’s “Fair Culture” (1857–1909)

With Mechanics' Institute librarian Taryn Edwards

A lecture and slideshow with Mechanics' Institute librarian/historian Taryn Edwards.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBook, eMagazine, eAudiobook

During this workshop, you’ll set up your accounts, check out titles, and get all your questions answered. 

Members Only - Free
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

ValueLine Research Center

Members Only - Free

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Wench is Dead

by Colin Dexter

The often irascible Inspector Morse of the Oxford Police never reveals his first name, sometimes scorns official procedure, and always solves the crime. This novel, whose title comes from a Christopher Marlowe play, is a favorite of Morse fans for its unusual structure. Hospitalized and impatient, Morse is given a book about a 19th-century Oxford murder. He quickly realizes the wrong men were hanged for it, and sets out to find the real killer. Publishers' Weekly gives The Wench Is Dead even higher marks than Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time: "A surprising and inspired solution concludes a jolly good read."

Members Only; Free

Classes
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

After Six: Chess for Adults

Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you!

Members $40
Public $50

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Laura

by Vera Caspary


Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms--not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he's been seduced by a dead woman--or has he?

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 5:30pm

Pronto

by Elmore Leonard

Known for his roller-coaster plots, colorful settings, and diverse shady characters, Leonard opens this international caper in South Miami Beach. An aging bookie leaves his topless-dancer girlfriend for early retirement when he learns he's about to be the scapegoat in a sting. As he becomes a fugtive in Italy, dodging both the law and the Mafia, the righteous Kentucky-born, cowboy-hatted U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens goes after him.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Family Way

by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy--now Molly Sullivan--is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective.

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